Date of Birth: 01/13/1989
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 195 lbs
College Experience: Rutgers University
Resides: Dumont, NJ
Lang will return in 2017 for his 5th season with the X’s and 6th season in professional baseball.
Lang, 28, will return to the Explorers after enjoying another successful season with the X’s in 2016 in which he appeared in 89 games and led the entire American Association in runs scored with 83, which is also a new Sioux City Explorers single season franchise record. He was ranked near the top of several other major offensive categories for the Explorers last season including his 103 hits (4th), 22 doubles (2nd), 5 triples (2nd), 5 home runs (4th), 41 RBI’s (5th), and 30 stolen bases (3rd).
Lang started his professional career with the Explorers back in 2012 following a stellar career at Rutgers University, where he still ranks in the top ten in six offensive categories and was named to the 2011 Big East All-Conference Second Team. Lang played in 34 games for the X’s in 2012 and posted an impressive .405 batting average while collecting 49 hits including 7 doubles, 3 triples, and 4 homeruns. For his performance, Lang had his contract purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks and played the remainder of the season for the Yakima Bears in the Northwest League, while spending the 2013 season playing for the Single-A South Bend Silver Hawks.
Even after missing 19 games during the 2015 season, the Dumont, NJ resident still managed to rank in the top 5 in 4 statistical categories in the American Association. Lang led the entire American Association in 2015 in triples (10), was second in the league in stolen bases (45), and scored the third most runs in the league (75), while holding the league’s 4th highest batting average at .343. The 10 triples and 45 stolen bases also set Sioux City single season franchise records. For his outstanding 2015 season, Lang was named to the 2015 American Association All-Star Team.